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Saturday, February 5, 2011

Ikea Ruins

New ruins today in Netanya:

The iconic Ikea branch was gutted by fire and left a smoldering ruin. Thankfully, no one was hurt, though all the merchandise went up in smoke. On facebook, a number of my friends posted things like "Where will we shop for furniture now?"

Ikea, which has branches all over the world, has become somewhat of an Israeli institution. I've personally never been there, but I have friends who go there for fun, to hang out. As the first branch that opened in Israel, do the ruins of this building deserve preservation? Probably not. In any case, I have to imagine that they will start rebuilding almost immediately.

Here are some pictures of the building, and for comparison, a mock ruin of a similar type of store, The Best Produces Company Showroom in Houston, from 1975.

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